Knowing his side will finish in second place head coach Sami Hyypiä is expected to rest several key players, giving some of Leverkusen's second string and youth team a chance to prove themselves on the European stage.
Mixing things up
"We rotated the squad a lot at Kharkiv to give the younger players an opportunity to gain some experience and we'll be doing the same this time round as well," stated Hyypia. As they did inthe game ion Ukraine, teenagers Carlinhos, Jonas Meffert, Dominik Kohr, Okan Aydin and Kolja Pusch are set to feature against the Norwegian side. The Finnish boss is also expected to hand starts "to those who haven't played that often this season", such as goalkeeper Michael Rensing, Sidney Sam, Renato Augusto, Junior Fernandes and Jens Hegeler.
Stefan Kießling, scorer of the all-important winner against Rosenborg earlier in the campaign, is among those getting a well-earned day off, but is confident his side have what it takes to beat the 22-time Norwegian champions, whose season ended in mid-November. "We want to win this match as well," the striker, who has netted 22 goals in 2012 - more than any other Bundesliga player - told bundesliga.com. "Obviously we'll be able to rest a few players, but we also shouldn't be thrown off our rhythm too much."
Leverkusen: Rensing - Carlinhos, Friedrich, Wollscheid, Pusch - Reinartz - Kohr, Hegeler - Renato Augusto, Sam - Junior Fernandes
Rosenborg: Örlund - Gamboa, Strandberg, Rönning, Dorsin - Svensson, Iversen - Dockal, Elyounoussi, Fredheim Holm - Prica